On Friday, the State Council Information Office released a new white paper on the re-education camps in Xinjiang.
The paper seeks to explain the need for the camps:
“For some time Xinjiang has been plagued by terrorism and religious extremism, which pose a serious threat to the lives of the people in the region.”“Addressing both the symptoms and root causes and integrating preventative measures and a forceful response, Xinjiang has established vocational education and training centers in accordance with the law to prevent the breeding and spread of terrorism and religious extremism.”Unsurprisingly, the paper puts a positive spin on the camps and says they have been successful:“These efforts have eradicated extremist thoughts, delivered widely recognized results, helped to safeguard social stability in the region, and protected the environment for the healthy development of religions.”
Get smart: This white paper won’t convince anybody outside China that the camps are justified.
Get smarter: The Propaganda Department still feels the need to justify the policy to its domestic audience.
What to watch: Despite the paper’s claims, it’s fully possible that the camps will actually breed more extremism in the region.
Xinhua: Full Text: Vocational Education and Training in Xinjiang